Brainerd downed East Ridge, 21-18, Friday night in high school football.
The loss leaves the Pioneers (0-4) still looking for their first win of the season. East Ridge will get that opportunity on Sept. 21, as they travel to take on Signal Mountain, which has yet to win a game this year.
East Ridge took a 6-0 lead early in the game on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alonzo Russell to Nico Johnikin.
Brainerd (2-2) took the lead, 7-6, as Trey Ooten was on the receiving end of a 42-yard bomb from quarterback Xiyeer Lattimore.
The Pioneers countered with a touchdown pass of its own on a nine-yard strike from Russell to Eli King.
The Panthers then marched 62 yards, scoring on a fourth-and-goal when Lattimore barreled over the goal line on a one-yard keeper making it 14-12, Brainerd.
Brainerd scored again on a four-yard run from Cedo Chaney, extending the lead to 21-12.
East Ridge scratched its way back in the game mounting an 11-play, 70-yard drive. Jaylen Boykin provided six points on a four-yard run, making the score 21-18.
East Ridge had an opportunity late in the game pushing into the Brainerd red zone. The Panthers forced a turnover to preserve the second win of the season.